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Can the police find out where I've been using the location records of my cell phone carrier?

Answer: Yes, they can, and they routinely do without having to get a search warrant.  However, the Supreme Court of the United States is now considering whether this is an unreasonable search of personal information in the digital age.  All the police now need to do to get someone's historical mobile phone location records, known as cell site location information, is to get a court order, which is easy.  The person's carrier then provides the information. The other way is to get the person's consent. 

Consider the recently apprehended "serial killer" in Tampa, FL.  The police recovered the gun used in the shootings of four people, but nothing more.  The accused gave his consent to the police to search his phone - using historical cell phone location records of his cell phone carrier, the police were able to establish that he was near the sites of the four killings right around the times and dates they happened.  Now, he's being charged with four counts of murder and likely facing the death penalty.  Not that I condone any criminal activity, but to protect yourself in any situation, the first rule is to NEVER give the police consent to search your phone, no matter what they say. 

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